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Opinion |  Woke me up when it’s over

George Orwell warned in “1984” of a world in which “the past has been erased, the erasure has been forgotten, the lie has become the truth.” At the Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith was forced to rewrite what had been said about candy – chocolate, not cookies – to hide the fact of the constantly dwindling rations.

What Bon Appétit – which saw its editor leave last year after a 16-year-old Halloween photo of him trying to look like a Puerto Rican stereotype resurfaced on the internet – made with his recipe archive may seem like a joke . But it is revealing. If a large media company like Condé Nast can choose to erase and rewrite their food records in the name of Woke’s current sensibilities, why stop there?

In the summer of 2008, The New Yorker made the cover art for Barack and Michelle Obama by punching each other in the Oval Office. He was dressed in Middle Eastern costume. She had a machine gun slung and wore her hair in a large afro. A portrait of Osama Bin Laden hung above the coat and an American flag burned in the fire. Even by relatively liberal 2008 standards, the coverage was considered blatant.

At the time, New Yorker editor-in-chief David Remnick defended the art by saying it was satirical. But in Woke’s humorless world, satire is never funny, the statute of limitations never expires, Remnick’s intentions are irrelevant, and his judgments are inherently biased. If Condé Nast is serious about “fixing” his records in an effort to rectify past sins, there is no good reason not to erase this cover as well.

What happens next? In January, Jason Kilborn, a law professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, was placed on indefinite administrative leave, expelled from campus and kicked off his committee work after students protested that he had included “n____” and “b_____” as part of his semester civil procedure exam.

No, he didn’t use the insults themselves. He just wrote the first letter followed by a line. It still hasn’t spared him.

“The visual of the N-word on Professor Kilborn’s exam was mental terrorism,” called for a petition of the Association of Black Law Students.




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